Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Dropping Anchor: Book One
Unable to move on after the death of his lover, British expat Niall Ahern clings to Nolan’s dream of living in the Caribbean by moving to Tortola. Once there, he finds that not even the beauty of the island can fill the hole in his heart. Broke and spent in nearly every way imaginable, Niall wants out of the lonely, miserable, guilt-ridden life he’s carved out for himself.
When Ethan Bettencourt, a wealthy tech guru, shows up in British Virgin Islands looking to purchase a second home, he gives Niall hope that he can move on. Both men fall hard and fast, but Niall finds piloting his yacht in the midst of a hurricane is nothing compared to weathering life’s simple misunderstandings. As their troubles come between them, Niall is left to wonder if he and Ethan are over before they’ve begun.
Bru Baker is a new author for me. However, with the third book in her Dropping Anchor series from Dreamspinner Press set to release later this month, I thought I would give the first books in the series a read.
Island House centers around Niall’s struggle to come back to life four years after the death of his lover. He starts to feel alive, just to have the spark extinguished. He tries to move on, just to be pulled back in. There isn’t a ton of angst in this story, but it was well written and engaging none-the-less. I guess you could classify it as a feel good read.
I started out the story with a fairly negative opinion of Ethan. This is by design. Ethan doesn’t know how to be any other way in front of those he doesn’t know. However, once we get him into his comfort zone, we start to see another, gentler, side to him that is worthy of our main character.
Niall for his part is lost. We know it from almost the beginning that he is not living the life he wants to live. Unfortunately, it takes him a bit longer, and a few miles, to come to that same realization. That journey is the crux of the story. Both Ethan and Niall make mistakes along the way.
There are miscommunications, false assumptions, and a few other trite plot devices keeping these two would be lovers apart. In the moment, however, you don’t notice them as such. You just want Niall to find his way back to Ethan. You want him to find his way past his ghosts. Yes, the romance in quick. Yes, we know they will have their happily ever after. But we can spend a few enjoyable hours with Niall along the journey.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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